Our selection of some of the best news photographs taken around the world during the past 24 hours.

imageA calm and tranquil North Sea surrounds The Couple by artist Sean Henry which sits just off the coast at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, as the warmer than usual temperatures continue across the UK.
imageThousands of pro-democracy protesters are blocking Hong Kong's streets, shutting down the territory's business hub and ignoring appeals to leave. Crowds remained on the streets overnight after a day that saw riot police deploy tear gas and batons in a bid to disperse them.
imageCaptain of Team Europe Paul McGinley of Ireland is sprayed with champagne as he holds the Ryder Cup trophy following victory over the United States.
imageThe bodies of 31 hikers have been found near the top of Japan's Mount Ontake a day after a sudden volcanic eruption. The volcano, about 200km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, erupted without warning on Saturday, spewing ash and rocks.
imageUzbekistan's Yuliya Tarasova competes in the women's heptathlon long jump during the 17th Asian Games at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium, South Korea.
imageA replica of the French frigate Hermione leaves the port of La Rochelle to resume engine testing. The frigate, whose construction began in 1997 in Rochefort, is scheduled to cross the Atlantic in the summer of 2015, in the wake of its illustrious predecessor, on which the Marquis de Lafayette and the French expeditionary force left to help American insurgents in 1780.
imageAn Afghan girl looks on from her damaged window at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. Elsewhere in the capital, Ashraf Ghani has been sworn in as Afghanistan's new president, replacing Hamid Karzai at a ceremony at the presidential palace.
imageNationalists have torn down a statue of Lenin in the centre of Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, in a move supported by officials. People cheered and leapt for joy as the statue came crashing down.
imageAn F-16 of the Belgian Air Force is seen during the Athens Flying Week show in Greece.

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